The City of Portland has an illicit discharge ordinance that was passed on May 2, 2016 prohibiting the discharge of illegal substances into storm drains or other storm water collection systems within the city. When waste is placed in a catch basin, street or a waterway, it is the same as dumping it right into our creeks, streams and lakes as that is where the city’s storm sewers discharge. Even yard clipping and leaves can lead to the loss of water habitat and kill fish.
Violating the city’s stormwater ordinance could potentially carry a penalty of $500 – $5,000 for the first offense per day per violation found. Help keep waterways clean by reporting violations by calling, or complete an online form.